Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Psy-Changeling Trinity #2
Bowen Knight has known from a young age just how vulnerable human minds are against the Psy race and as the Security Chief for the Human Alliance he’s determined to find a way to protect his people. When an experimental chip in his brain turns into a ticking time bomb and then Bo takes a bullet to the chest to save his sister, he finds himself fighting for his life. Brought to an underwater BlackSea installation, Bo is offered a possible cure, but with only a 5% success rate he could end up left nothing more than a vegetable. To complicate matters even more, Bo is falling for a BlackSea changeling, the sweet and playful Kaia Luna.
“Kaia was his reckoning. And she was the greatest challenge of his life.”
Reading Ocean Light brought me back to what I loved from the early books in the Psy-Changeling series and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been reading this series from the very beginning but the last few have not been some of my favorites. I love the Changelings and the previous books have focused largely on the Psy, but with Bo and Kaia we’re back to Changelings and what Changelings they were! I loved getting to see more of the BlackSea water Changelings and learning all about their structure and I hope that we remain with them for a few more books *fingers crossed*. Nalini Singh is a wonderful storyteller and her masterful weaving of romance, mystery, and the paranormal was spot on. I was swept up in each part as I raced to finish the book.
Bo has been around since the early stages of the series and I’ve been anxiously awaiting his story which has just gotten more complicated as time has gone by. Taking over the Human Alliance has given Bowen a purpose and a mission to make sure humans are represented in the world and not taken advantage of. But his battle to win that fight has been hard and Bo has made enemies along the way. Ocean Light makes it clear how much Bo has given up for his people and his honor shines bright from the very beginning. Bo is strong, giving, and not afraid to make hard decisions. He’ll sacrifice everything he has for his people and especially his sister Lily. Now, Bo is finally given a chance to have happiness of his own but in two weeks he might lose everything.
The limited timeline on Bo’s life makes for a deeply poignant romance but also means things happen pretty quickly. Bo and Kaia certainly have insta-love but fated mates has long been a part of of the Psy-Changeling series. Bo is captivated by Kaia right away but she wants nothing to do with him. Kaia’s friend Hugo has warned her away from Bo, indicating he’s the one behind the disappearances of BlackSea Changelings and then Hugo vanishes himself. But even with Kaia’s suspicions she can’t help but be the nurturing maternal Changeling she is. Kaia might be soft and playful but she’s also feisty and tough and she’s no fool. As Bowen shows Kaia who he really is under the gruff Alliance Security Chief, she realizes what she could miss out on if she keeps pushing Bowen away.
Overall, the story is very insular to the BlackSea installation and focused on the romance between Bowen and Kaia. But we do see some progress in who’s kidnapping the water Changelings as well as get some answers regarding the implant chips Bo and his people have. I have no idea who the next book will be about but I certainly can’t wait to read more! I feel like Ocean Light has revitalized my love for the series and I’m already making a list of characters I want to know more about.
5 out of 5 stars
Tags: Injury | Psychic Powers| Shifter| Trauma
References to mental rape of humans by Psy
References to child abuse of a secondary character
Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment–taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…
Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…
But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back–even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy…
Published by Berkley on June 12, 2018